Birighitti clean sheet seals upset for CCM
GOALIE Mark Birighitti has produced some crucial saves for Central Coast which have kept their first clean sheet in 39 A-League matches to beat Western United 1-0 in Gosford.
United created most of the chances last night, especially in first half, but were off target or denied by Birighitti.
The sole goal came in the 49th minute when a shot from Giancarlo Gallifuoco deflected off United defender Aaron Calver.
United had two penalty shouts for handball in the second half but neither was given.
It is the first time the Mariners have kept a side goalless since Round 21 in February 2018. The new franchise suffered back-toback losses for the first time and their first away defeat.
The Mariners’ second win of the season lifts them from last to sixth, one spot and three points behind United.
Central Coast started brightly with Tommy Oar putting an audacious chip just over the bar.
From that point, United created the best first-half chances, with the visitors’ star imports all having attempts.
Alessandro Diamanti had a free-kick saved by Birighitti and fired another fierce shot just wide, while Panagiotis Kone blazed over from close range and Ziggy Gordon cleared an Andrew Durante header off the line.